Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Genetically modified organisms – who’s liable?

Genetically modified organisms – who’s liable?

With suspect corn on Japanese pizzas under the scientific and media microscope, what better time to discuss GMO liability.

Victoria University Economics Masters student, Stephen Hutton, will raise the liability issues of genetic modification on Wednesday in a seminar hosted by the University-based New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation. Mr Hutton is also a research assistant in the ISCR.

His presentation considers the role of liability in providing incentives to reduce risk associated with GMO accidents. The moratorium on GMOs is scheduled to be lifted on 29 October, 2003.

“The issue of GMOs has been one of the most controversial and polarising political issues for many years,” Mr Hutton says.

“It now seems clear the Government will allow some GMO release, so the focus of the debate should move to the institutional system in which this release occurs.

“One aspect of this system is the liability regime, which determines under what circumstances users of GMOs are liable for damages caused by any GMO accidents.

“Under current law, GMOs will generally be covered by a negligence regime, but this may not be the best system.”

Mr Hutton says GMOs may have the potential to cause accidents that inflict damage on third parties such as crop contamination.

“In an unregulated market without liability, companies conducting genetic modification would have little incentive to take costly precautions to reduce the probability or severity of accidents.”

Mr Hutton’s presentation is based on his final Masters thesis. In late July he departs Victoria University to begin his PhD studies in the University of Maryland’s economics programme.

Media are welcome to attend the seminar on Wednesday 16 July, 6pm-7pm, Lecture Theatre 2, Government Buildings, Lambton Quay.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news